Educational Background

  • B.A., German, St. Olaf College
  • M.A., German, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Ph.D. German, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Interests

  • women writers of the 19th-century (Bettina von Arnim, Louise Otto, Bertha von Suttner)
  • depictions of class difference
  • representations of science and technology
  • Liselotte Welskopf-Henrich and her novels about Native Americans
  • second language learning and pedagogy


  • German Language
  • German for Special Purposes - Business German, German for Natural Scientists and Engineers Cross-Cultural Communication
  • German Culture of the 19th Century

Selected Publications


Identity in Transition: The Images of Working-Class Women in Social Prose of the Vormärz (1840-1848). North American Studies in Nineteenth-Century German Literature, ed. Jeffrey L. Sammons. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 1995.


"(R)evolution: From Edelleute to Edelmenschen - Bertha von Suttner's Pathway to Peace." Seminar. A Journal of Germanic Studies 50.1 (February 2014): 34-50.

"Der wissende Mensch - Das Bildungskonzept Bertha von Suttners." Sinn und Form 59 (2007) 3: 378-384.

"The Audience Should be King: Bettina Brentano-von Arnim's 'Tale of the Lucky Purse'."  Marvels & Tales. Journal of Fairy-Tale Studies 11 (1997): 48-60. Reprinted in Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, Vol. 123. Ed. Lynn M. Zott. Warren, MI: The Gale Group, 2003. 86-93.

"Not -until Earth is Paradise‖: Louise Otto's Refracted Feminine Ideal." Women in German Yearbook. 12 (1996). Ed. Sara Friedrichsmeyer and Patricia Herminghouse. 87-99.


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